I’ve been faithfully and giddily watching the Oscars since I was fifteen years old. Through a million dresses, intriguing speeches and weird hosts (Anne Hathaway and James Franco?), you’ll find me right in front of the television and in for the 4-hour long haul every year. (Really, with a genetic love for old-time Hollywood–I think I knew who Sid Caesar was before I was 10 years old, thanks to my parents–all the pomp and circumstance and sentiment just adds to my love of film. Oh, and I love you, Sid Caesar.)

This year’s Oscars were particularly good. Great host–Ellen DeGeneres–and wins by actors that I was actually interested in and rooting for. Let’s discuss the latter a bit more, shall we?

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The Winners, from left to right: Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, Lupita Nyong’o, Jared Leto

Matthew McConaughey, Best Actor, Dallas Buyers Club – who isn’t a fan of Mr. j.k.livin’? Mr. Alright, Alright, Mr. Alright? I’ve been following his career since the beginning. As a fan, kudos to him.

Cate Blanchett, Best Actress, Blue Jasmine – I will profess, again and again, my love and admiration for one of the most talented actresses breathing right now. She is everything. This is her second Oscar. I think it should be her fifth or 100th, based on the number of her films, but whatevs. Well-deserved. To me, she is this generation’s Meryl.

Lupita Nyong’o, Best Supporting Actress, 12 Years a Slave – this is Lupita’s first movie and she snagged an Oscar for it. Add to the fact that I am completely obssessed with everything about her, from her poise to her clothes to the fact that she hails from my continent (don’t forget), and I screamed with abandon when she won. Watch her amazing speech here and love her like I do, if you don’t already.

Jared Leto, Best Supporting Actor, Dallas Buyers Club – ok. If you grew up on Earth and were a teenager in 1994, then you know Jared Leto. He is Jordan Catalano. You know that name. You’ve followed his career since he was leaning on lockers and trying not to stare at Angela Chase on My So-Called Life. So the fact that Jordan–I mean Jared–has an Oscar just feels right and good, doesn’t it? (Look, I even wrote about my still simmering Catalano fever and it was published by Hello Giggles. Still squealing over that one.)

All in all, a good Oscars telecast was had by all. Well, except for the non-winners. Which brings me to Project Leo DiCaprio Needs an Oscar. We’ll talk about that later.

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